The King’s Notice


The book of Nehemiah tells the story of how King Artaxerxes gave Nehemiah the authority and support to lead a return to Jerusalem and rebuild its walls.  The story is nothing short of amazing that a captive would find such grace in the eyes of the king in whose custody he lived.  Yet, as God would have it, Nehemiah indeed received all he needed to carry out this great work.  We find the basis of these blessings in Nehemiah’s words from the 8th verse of the second chapter: “…The King granted my requests, for I was graciously strengthened by my God.”  As I read those words, I thought back to the opening verses of the book of Nehemiah.  He hears the news of the deplorable state of the ruins of Jerusalem.  One of his brothers, Hanani, returned from Judah and told Nehemiah that the exiles there were in great distress.  Hanani informed Nehemiah that Jerusalem’s wall was destroyed and that the gates had been burned.  It was a bleak picture.  When Nehemiah heard these words, the Bible tells us that he was in mourning for a number of days.  He fasted and prayed and wept before God, the King of Glory.  One of the most powerful prayers in the Bible is found in Nehemiah 2:5-11.  I am convinced that Nehemiah found himself noticed by King Artaxerxes because Nehemiah first took time to get the King of Glory’s notice!  The Bible tells us that the heart of a king is in God’s hand and God turns that heart in whatever direction He chooses (Proverbs 21:1).  Because Nehemiah first took time to get the King of Glory’s notice, Nehemiah found favor in the eyes of King Artaxerxes.  I wonder if our church leaders today take time to obtain the King’s notice?

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~ by brotherfaron on May 11, 2010.

2 Responses to “The King’s Notice”

  1. I have known church leaders who were so busy pushing their plans they had little time to seriously pray. If God is leading and we are following, why do they need to push? Perhaps you have given the answer. We will continue to pray daily for God to lead, for you to see His plan and guide us, and for us to follow where He leads.

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